Ron DeSantis responds to Martha’s Vineyard critics from Sean Hannity’s safe space
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'They said they wanted this, they said they were a sanctuary jurisdiction.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is telling a national audience his side of the story as outrage continues to mount over what critics call “human trafficking.”

DeSantis appeared on Fox News’ Hannity on Monday, his first interview after the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office opened a criminal investigation into a Florida-funded charter flight involving two planes and fifty undocumented immigrants flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.

DeSantis did not address the Bexar County investigation, preferring instead to rail about the “really frustrating” border policy of the Joe Biden administration before saying that both the undocumented immigrants and Martha’s Vineyard residents “wanted” the unexpected flight, one in a series of stunts involving relocation of undocumented immigrants to areas far away from the border.

“Millions of people since Biden’s been President illegally coming across the southern border. Do they freak out about that? No. You had migrants die in the Rio Grande. You had 50 die in Texas in a trailer because they were being neglected. Was there a freak out about that?” DeSantis asked.

“It’s only when fifty get put into Martha’s Vineyard, which wasn’t saying they didn’t want this. They said they wanted this, they said they were a sanctuary jurisdiction,” DeSantis said, describing the migrants as “basically destitute” and “put in a situation where they could have succeeded” by being flown to Massachusetts.

“Not only did they not welcome them, they deported (sic) them the next day with the National Guard,” DeSantis said.

The undocumented immigrants had “all signed consent forms to go,” DeSantis said, showing that the flights were “clearly voluntary and all the other nonsense you’re hearing is just not true.”

“And why wouldn’t they want to go given where they were?”

DeSantis couldn’t resist chiding Martha’s Vineyard yet again before the interview moved on.

“Have they lived up to what they billed themselves as: a sanctuary jurisdiction? They could have absorbed these people without a problem,” DeSantis said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Carol Gross

    September 19, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Why are these transports still referred to as “stunts?” Don’t you think Texas and Florida have had enough illegals yet? We’ve had them flown in by the Biden Adm. and that was ok…with everyone except our Governor and his supporters (which are many!). It’s not unusual for over 5000 a day to illegally cross that southern border. They should ALL be sent to sanctuary cities/states — or promptly deported.

    • Paul Passarelli

      September 19, 2022 at 10:21 pm

      Mass Governor calls out the Military to deport all illegals from sanctuary island in less than 48 hours.

      Border Patrol agents in TX, AZ, NM, CA reportedly “in awe” of the New Englander’s ability to cut through the RED TAPE.

      I.N.S. spox reported to have let slip: “… there is clearly a double standard in operation between the Blue states and the [southern] border states … [I have] been ordered not to discuss it.”

    • Jay Smif

      September 19, 2022 at 10:29 pm

      What “southern border” does Florida have, and why does pudgy fascist DeSantis think she’s queen, cultist?

      • Florida Chet

        September 20, 2022 at 10:21 am

        Hmmm, typical lib response-name calling. I bet you fantasize him being your queen.

  • Tom

    September 19, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Cause the liberal Corp media got undies stained. Just pathetic!

    Gov. DeSantis and Gov. Youngkin of VA are fine examples of new Repub. leadership.

    750 illegals have died at the border due to Dum
    Dems, Biden/Harris open border. You’d never know with media protectors. Just pathetic.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 19, 2022 at 10:14 pm

      👆Vote for me. I’ll punt this neo nazis head like a football 🏈

    • Mr. Haney

      September 20, 2022 at 6:25 am

      Cowards are not leaders. Not surprising that you don’t understand this.

    • The JukeBox

      September 20, 2022 at 12:47 pm

      The spelling is Dumb not Dum. Isn’t English your first language?

      • Tom

        September 20, 2022 at 3:15 pm

        Yes it is, Dum of you to ask.
        It’s “Dum Dems” get it? Worry bout your self.

    • Weekly Journal

      September 22, 2022 at 1:44 pm

      There are no open borders. If there were, there would be no need for border patrol, or ICE. This notion that Biden supports open border policies, is comical, to say the least, considering the fact that the Biden administration is still following the Title 42 provision enacted by the Trump administration.

      • Paul Passarelli

        September 22, 2022 at 2:34 pm

        Of course the borders are open. Despite what the lying Democrats are saying. ***ACTIONS*** speak louder than words. And Sleepy Joe’s actions effectively opened the border.

        “Title 42 of the Public Health Services Act is a public health authority that authorizes the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to suspend entry of individuals into the U.S. to protect public health.”

        If that were true then the 50 migrants that were flown to MV would still be in Mexico!

        Go peddle your lies somewhere else you Whack-a-Mole-Fake-Alias-Troll.

  • Julio Gomez-Lopez

    September 19, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    DeSantis thugs told us one thing, had us sign paperwork, but then something else happened. This was a human and civil rights violation. He should be arrested. Also one of his men grabbed mi pinocha…mi gato.

    • Paul Passarelli

      September 19, 2022 at 10:24 pm

      Another fake alias?
      You are a vile & disgusting troll, and a coward.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 20, 2022 at 12:01 am

        👆 Says someone who would support a dangerous crook for president just to keep the government out of his pocket. Yeah would sell the country to Hitler for a dime..

        • Paul Passarelli

          September 20, 2022 at 1:04 pm

          You know someone accused you of being a Chinese troll. I’m beginning to wonder if that might contain an element of truth.

          Your anger and hatred seem to go beyond what any American should be able to muster. But if you are in fact an agent of the Chi-Com, then well, you would be expected to sow as much discontent as possible.

          I think I’m going to speak to an attorney, perhaps sponsor him to file an amicus brief and even bring that to the district attorney’s office. A subpoena will get WordPress to divulge the IP address that you and the other troll aliases are posting from.

          If you are in fact in Florida, it’ll be fun to have you served with a libel claim, of not then the admins of this board who are Floridians will get a cease & desist.

          I love a good debate. Especially with people who are passionate about their reasons for the things they espouse. But you are toxic. Debating is pointless. You are a waste of bandwidth.

          • lmao

            September 21, 2022 at 2:00 am

            you’re an idiot

          • Tom

            September 21, 2022 at 11:25 am

            Paul, it was me.
            Joey Corsin is his name, alias Elliot, Charlie crisp, Jay Smiff, and Pastor Sandell. He has a few others too.

            Soros Org. associates have been identified in a tik tok paid troll campaign. China owns tik tok.

            My suggestion to you and all is double down on substantive issues. Ignore him for most part. I have destroyed Joey and his troll cloth show.

            Corsin and his aliases purposefully attack and try to change issue to Trump and DeSantis. They are distractors.

            Corsin, Elliot is a pathetic being.
            Just stay focused. Impeach and I step all over them.

        • Tom

          September 20, 2022 at 3:16 pm

          Compared to Dum Dems for millions to Xi and China.

  • meredith shaw

    September 19, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Can this man open his mourh without lies and distortions pouring out? Flame-throwing POS should go use some other state as his springboard to the presidential campaign trail. He is hurting Florida.

    • Paul Passarelli

      September 19, 2022 at 10:40 pm

      I’m going to disagree with you. DeSantis did the right thing for the citizens of Florida. He literally saved the state treasury millions of dollars, ~$6M over 5 years, with just this one action.

      But if you want to take in migrants or illegals, please by all means, get your innkeeper’s license, or open a Bed & Breakfast and invite them to stay in your home. But please make certain that they do not commit any crimes, and that they all show up for their asylum or deportation hearings.
      Oh and DO NOT ask the state for any handouts, my taxes are high enough.

      You want them here, you pay for them. My bet is that you crumple under the financial burden in a matter of minutes. If you want to commit an act of charity, please by all means go ahead. But no matter how dedicated you feel to helping others, yo do not get to mandate that I help your charitable goals at gunpoint!

      BTW: Have you considered moving to Martha’s Vineyard to protest? I hear the people there were so un-enamoured with their 50 migrants that they chose to call out the National Guard and deport them all in less than 48 hours.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 20, 2022 at 12:06 am

        👆 Miser, scrooge, shill for billionaires. Your great grandchildren won’t have a pot to piss in because of people like you. Will be cleaning Donald Trump the III’s toilets even if they manage to earn a PhD. Now belt us out a line of far right propaganda for the dumb dumbs.

      • Bill

        September 20, 2022 at 7:52 am

        So what exactly is the R’s solution to this problem? It’s easy enough to whine but after 60 odd years nobody has solved it yet. How did that wall thing go? Any other ideas?

        Life must be easy when you when you have no agenda or plans to solve actual problems. The politics of low expectations.

        • Marie Borland

          September 21, 2022 at 8:25 am

          Bill, you hit the nail on the head. Great comment.

          • Paul Passarelli

            September 21, 2022 at 9:17 am

            You call Bill’s comment great? Why? He said nothing. He didn’t even ask a pertinent question.

            Your comment is even less appropriate then the drunk wedding guest that rises and begins clapping feverishly when the M.C. pauses after saying: “I’d like to propose a toast.”

            BTW: The ‘solution’ is to close the border and deport every single last illegal. The Democrats can’t even make their old argument that we can’t afford to do so, after handing out newly printed dollars like confetti — at that wedding you’ve been drunk and demonstrative at.

            “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I shall not put.” — Winston Churchill

      • tjb

        September 22, 2022 at 1:52 pm

        Hey Mr. 1%, where do you get your information regarding the cost of having these undocumented migrants? Crime rate? And what percentage of these folks don’t show up to their asylum or deportation hearings?

        • Paul Passarelli

          September 22, 2022 at 2:45 pm

          “Mr. 1%”? Do you mean me?

          The cost in benefits is very easy to compute. All one has to do is lookup what the monthly benefit paid to each illegal is, and multiply by the number of illegals being discussed. That gives a monthly expense. Then I take the example period of time the knucklehead pretending to be an aggrieved Democrat supplied; it was *five years* and I again multiplied that by 60 months; et voila!

          The crime rate cost is similar. Different source for the rates, average losses per crime, but the rest is the same.

          And finally the scofflaws. That ratio varies widely over different populations. But is currently hovering above 40% for *legitimate* asylum seekers. It’s nearly 100% failure to appear for simple illegal aliens without political claims.

          Oh and to the other alias whose best comeback was to call me an idiot. My response is: Only because I engage bigger idiots.

          • Concern Citizen

            September 26, 2022 at 10:11 am

            Paul your information is incorrect.

          • Paul Passarelli

            September 26, 2022 at 10:25 am

            @Concern Citizen {another bullshit alias}

            Please provide correct information. The data does not alter the conclusion that illegal aliens cost the taxpayers an enormous amount of money.

            You can argue your conclusion about whether it’s OK to impose that burden, but you will have to own it.

            Otherwise you are just a source of noise.

          • Tjb

            September 26, 2022 at 11:53 am

            Mr. 1%,
            Show us your sources that support your talking points. My info comes from the Cato Institutes, a modestly conservative think tank.

          • Paul Passarelli

            September 26, 2022 at 4:44 pm


            No, you can go to hell. You are the troll that said my data is wrong. Use published data to prove me wrong.

            You need provide the basis for your accusation. I will accept the “proof’ you supply, as long as anyone else can also click on it and see it.

            I don’t give a rats ass if the ratio is 40% or 60% or 20% It changes very little. Illegals come here and commit crimes.

  • PeterH

    September 19, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    DeSantis should be at home watching himself in “The US and the Holocaust” on PBS.



    • Paul Passarelli

      September 20, 2022 at 12:02 am

      So, seriously, how many aliases do you use in any given day?

    • Tom

      September 20, 2022 at 6:45 am

      Peter h, Haney, Charlie Joey corsin, Meredith midnight pool girl, jay sniffer, and alias Julio.

      Bunch of liars, filth disgusting.
      750 dead at border this year, no fake outrage. 2.5 million illegals entered, criminals, undesirables like all of you.
      Shameful beings.

      • Elliott Offen

        September 20, 2022 at 7:52 am

        News flash “Tom”…you are an undesirable.

        • Tom

          September 20, 2022 at 9:08 am

          Thanks for making me FP legend!
          Brainless, you gotta take from me.
          Compliment coming from joey’s incest boy.

      • Tom

        September 20, 2022 at 9:10 am

        Facts are funny things idiot Elliot, brainless incest Joey corsins boy!

  • Jerry

    September 20, 2022 at 7:53 am

    LOL! Yet when Democrats refuse to go on FOX news, no one calls them chicken for staying on liberal network “safe places.”

    Everyone knows the media is now extremely biased. Journalism is now a joke. If DeSantis goes on CNN, it will be nothing but cheap shots and gotcha questions. Then Charlie Crist will go on and they will fall all over him and give him soft balls. So conservatives are simply not going to play that game.

  • Frankie M.

    September 20, 2022 at 8:35 am

    These same conservatives who are so concerned about the welfare of migrants had no problems with separating families at the border and putting children in cages. No hypocrisy there. The people of MV gave these migrants food and shelter. Ronnie “Coyote” DeSantis gave them a ride from TEXAS which the last time I checked was not in Florida.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 20, 2022 at 11:09 am

      Ah yes Frankie M. with the “children in cages” catch phrase, yet another Democrat talking point that many gobble up. I remember when Trump was President there were the three stooges, Wasserman-Schultz, Shalala, Mucarsel-Powell jumping up and down at the Homestead detention facility. Well guess what know one says a word now that Biden is President and that facility is still in use. Kind of like no one saying a word or no coverage from CNN and MSNBC on the border chaos until the Republicans made it a national issue rather than a “let’s flood Texas” with illegals.

      • Tom

        September 20, 2022 at 12:04 pm

        Yes impeach, their emperor Obummer’s cages from his DHS. Just a joke. Which they used.

        Those Dem Dums, so soros brain dead. They don’t have a original thought.

        Especially Frankie, what a fool.

  • Tom

    September 20, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Frankie, the fool.
    Defending incompetents Biden, Harris 750 dead at border this year. Yeah you cared so much, illegals sleeping in street.

    Where was your fake outrage. Typical Dem, Dum ignorance.

    All you soros Manchurians were better off 24 plus months ago. America was no doubt.
    Biden is the worst since Hoover. Can’t make this up!

    • Charlie Crist

      September 20, 2022 at 11:30 am

      👆Vote for me. I’ll give this guy a flying, Bruce Lee kick to the teeth. Yeah give him a back fist to the nuts!!!

      • Tom

        September 20, 2022 at 11:59 am

        You couldn’t grab idiot Elliot nuts or your incest family if spread Eagle.

        Facts are a foreign object to you Joey corsin. Every one knows you are a chinese bot, soros Manchurian. It’s
        Over the news he has corrupted tik tok with bots like u,


        • lmfao

          September 21, 2022 at 2:03 am

          i bet you love israel, buddy

          • Tom

            September 21, 2022 at 11:36 am

            Just another meaningless alias for pervert Joey corsin. Did you smack idiot Elliot today.?

            I have no idea what that means but Israel is a democracy surrounded by haters, non democracy’s. You support the haters.

            Supporting Israel is worthy, unlike Obummer and Biden less. BTW, only #45 has brought 2 peace accords. That will make you crazy now, cause facts destroy you moron soros paid trolls. You are ill.

            I have exposed you and your tools trolls. You can’t stand to a legend.

  • Impeach Biden

    September 20, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Let there be no doubt the political leanings of Gancarski and this site. To call The Sean Hannity show a safe place for Republicans but not mention the safe space of Democrats like CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NYT, The View and many others is hypocrisy at its finest.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 20, 2022 at 11:33 am

      👆Vote for me. I’ll rip this guy’s hair out of his head…give him a heel kick to the top of the head. Outta there buddy…

    • Impeach Biden

      September 20, 2022 at 11:37 am

      Let’s add 60 Minutes as a safe place for Democrats. Watching that soft ball session by Scott Pelley the other night with Biden and remembering that evil witch Leslie Stahl interview of Donald Trump. Night and Day

      • Tom

        September 20, 2022 at 3:24 pm

        Impeach don’t forget 60 mints hatchet job that totally backfired bout Covid 19.

        60 mints attempted to smear Gov Ron, it failed due to Govs strong put down.

        You can always count on corporate media to carry water and the Dem Dum talking points.

        America’s Gov whizzed on them.

  • tjb

    September 22, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Time for DeSantis to have multiple debates with Charlie Crist. DeSantis’s policies and actions should be debated and scrutinized.

    • Paul Passarelli

      September 22, 2022 at 2:47 pm

      I agree. A debate would be superbly entertaining. Watching ol’ Charlie Chameleon try to justify his gross failure would be entertaining.

      • Tjb

        September 27, 2022 at 9:05 am

        Mr. 1% a debate has been schedule. If you are going to be a carpetbagger in Florida, please get the facts correct,

        Why is DeSantis only doing one debate with Charlie? DeSantis in his November 2021 fundraising ad spoke about the “big pair that he had”. Looks like he lost them and he is now afraid to debate . Is he afraid that the voters will see him as a fraud who really doesn’t care about Floridians as he continue his journey as a Presidential candidate

        • Paul Passarelli

          September 27, 2022 at 9:44 am

          Of course he cares about Floridians — so much more than you seem capable of understanding!

          Since the beginning of COVID, DeSantis has *PROTECTED* the rights of Floridians from the Chicken Littles on the Left. He kept businesses open, he kept churches open (that’s the 1st Amendment in case you forgot). He stopped other businesses from overreaching their authority, and punishing Floridians for their personal choices. He’s kept the destructive agendas out of the classrooms, the list of his accomplishments is just too long the this space, besides it would fall on deaf ears.

          And if he were to go negative on Charlie, that would burn up a lot of air time, and stir up a lot of bad memories. And then the Democrat pundits would monopolize the air waves and tell tales of how Crist’s failures should be blamed on the best damn Governor in the USA!

          When dealing with Democrats any sane person’s first thought should go to: “tale of the scorpion and the fox”. Your side brought that shit onto yourselves.

          • Tjb

            September 27, 2022 at 3:07 pm

            Mr. 1 %,
            How do know what a Floridian understand, you are a carpetbagger from Connecticut. Did you know we had more Covid deaths on a per capita basis than NY or CA, two states that DeSanta would consistently mock for their Covid Policies.
            There are times I will give up some freedom, for a short time to save lives.

            Yes, you are correct in other comments that I am laughing at you and the fact that you received 1% of the vote when you run for state office in CT. I laugh even more when you told me that you received more than 1%, and that it was actually 1.4%.

            Your comments is similar when a coach corrects a reporter that he only lost the football game by 68 points and not 70. If it is 1% or 1.4%, you lost badly.

  • Paul Passarelli

    September 27, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” ― Samuel Adams

    “Go away, troll” — Paul Passarelli

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